They have a spontaneous feeling and luminous quality to them that cannot be achieved with any other medium. Monotyping is a printing technique that combines painting and drawing to produce one of a kind prints as opposed to editions.
Rosemary uses the subtractive method in which oil-based ink is rolled onto a zinc plate and wiped off where larger white areas are desired. Brushes, swabs, toothpicks, even carving tools are used to create textures by selectively removing more ink. This is where the method becomes like drawing. Variation in the application of the ink and the unpredictability of how the pressure of the press will act on the lines add to the expressiveness of the images.
Woman Reading by Edgar Degas
Degas was a notable practitioner of the technique, pushing the medium further than any artist before him. He took advantage of the spontaneity of the medium and achieved some glowing gestural images.
Siesta by Henri MatisseMatisse, too, did a few monotypes in a completely different style which highlighted his "economy of line".
Light on Tree Cluster by Rosemary LuckettRosemary's lush, sensual prints hold their own next to the work of these great artists.
House on Hill I by Rosemary LuckettAnd now all my blathering on about Etsy has gotten to her, and she has opened an Etsy shop called Second River Studio where a selection of her monotypes is available for sale! They are not scans of originals, reprinted. They are the real deal, 1 of 1 signed prints.
Junipers on a Hill by Rosemary LuckettThe full series of Rosemary Luckett's monotypes inspired by the Virginia countryside can be viewed on her web site, along with her paintings, collages, drawings and sculptures.Go check them out...
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